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Creating New Party One Option: DP Edano (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 1 (Jiji Press)—Edano Yukio, deputy president of the Democratic Party, offered the view Sunday that one option is creating a new party toward the October 22 House of Representatives election. "If the DP's philosophy and policies are to change, a decision can be made from various options," Edano said, indicating the possibility of launching a liberal party to bring together candidates…

Koike’s New Party Seeks to “Reset Japan” (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 27 (Jiji Press)—Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko said Wednesday Kibō no Tō (party of hope), a new political party headed by her, will aim to "reset Japan" with bold reforms and politics not constrained by vested interests. "I'm launching Kibō no Tō in order to reset Japan," Koike told a press conference to mark her party's establishment. "Now is the time to be bold and carry out politic…

Ex-DP Policy Head Yamao to Quit Party over Scandal (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 7 (Jiji Press)--Former Democratic Party policy head Yamao Shiori on Thursday tendered her resignation from the main opposition party following a magazine report on her alleged extramarital affair. Yamao Shiori resigns from the Democratic Party at a press conference in the Diet on September 7, 2017. (© Jiji) The development is another blow to DP President Maehara Seiji, elected …

Maehara Elected Head of Japan’s Main Opposition DP (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 1 (Jiji Press)—Former Japanese Foreign Minister Maehara Seiji was elected president of the main opposition Democratic Party on Friday, beating his sole opponent, former Chief Cabinet Secretary Edano Yukio. Maehara, 55, will tackle the difficult task of recovering the party from serious weakness toward an extraordinary parliamentary session this autumn and crucial triple by-election…

Maehara, Edano Run in Leadership Election of Japanese Opposition DP (News)

Tokyo, Aug. 21 (Jiji Press)—Former Foreign Minister Maehara Seiji and former Chief Cabinet Secretary Edano Yukio filed their candidacies for the post of president of Japan's main opposition Democratic Party as the official campaign period for the election began on Monday. The focus of the campaigning for the September 1 poll is the two candidates' stances on whether the DP will continue coopera…

DP Leader Renhō Announces Resignation (News)

Tokyo, July 27 (Jiji Press)—Democratic Party President Renhō said Thursday that she will resign as head of the main Japanese opposition party, apparently to take the blame for party confusion following its dismal performance in the July 2 Tokyo metropolitan assembly election. Renhō made the announcement at a regular press conference two days after Secretary-General Noda Yoshihiko expressed his …

Renhō Discloses Documents to Prove Her Japanese Nationality (News)

Tokyo, July 18 (Jiji Press)—Renhō, leader of Japan's main opposition Democratic Party, on Tuesday disclosed personal documents as evidence that she has resolved the issue of her Japanese-Taiwanese dual citizenship and is now a Japanese citizen. Renhō apparently hopes to focus on rebuilding the party by putting an end to the nationality scandal, which erupted after she expressed in August last y…

Democrats Elect Renhō as Party President

On September 15 Renhō won a three-year term as president of the Democratic Party, becoming the first female head of the main opposition party. Not since Doi Takako controlled the Japan Socialist Party (today the Social Democratic Party) in 1986–91 has a woman led a party with over 100 Diet seats. The Democrats are looking to Renhō to restore the party’s image following meager showings during the l…

Landslide Victory for LDP in 2016 Upper House Election

The ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and Kōmeitō won comfortably in the House of Councillors election on July 10, 2016. The LDP nonetheless ended one seat short of its first simple majority in 27 years.

The Political History of the Consumption Tax

In June 2016, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō once again postponed the next consumption tax hike. The rate will climb from 8% to 10% in October 2019, fully four years after the originally planned date. In this article we trace the history of consumption tax policy in Japan.

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